VIGIL – More than 300 people share seven minutes of silence on Totem Square during a vigil for George Floyd, who died last week while in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The large turnout for event made it difficult for participants to maintain the six-foot social distance that organizers had hoped for. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Clarence B. Dull

Clarence B. Dull

Clarence B. Dull, a Sitka resident for 63 years, died Aug. 17 at SEARHC Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital. He was 91.

Friends and family will celebrate his life at a party 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25, at the Swan Lake Senior Center. It will be a potluck, and those attending are invited to take a dish to share.

A private family burial ceremony was held this afternoon at Sitka National Cemetery.

Clarence was born Jan. 6, 1926, in Akiak, the son of Margaret (Melsi) and John A. Dull Jr. He had two sisters, Mary and Anna; and six brothers, Teddy Clark, William Clark, John A. Dull, Joseph Clark, Arthur Clark and Richard Dull.

He attended area schools up to the seventh grade. He was in the U.S. Army from Dec. 20, 1945, to Feb. 7, 1947, serving at Ft. Richardson, as a cook.

He married Oressia S. Macar on May 11, 1952, in Kwethluk, and they came to Sitka in 1954. He worked as a cook assistant at Mt. Edgecumbe, and as a custodian at Alaska Lumber & Pulp mill from 1964 to 1988.

Warm and loving, Clarence greatly enjoyed spending time with his family. He also liked to hunt and fish, and be on his boat.

Clarence is survived by his six children and their families:

Son Clarence “Sonny” Dull and wife Theresa of Toksook Bay; their sons Darrin Dull, and Aaron Dull (and his wife Caryn and children Torian and Audrina); and daughters Cadence, and Sharon (and her husband Chad and daughter Raquel).

Daughter Margaret S. Dull of Sitka.

Daughter Evelyn A. Sanborn of Sitka and her daughters, Christian Sanborn and Rickianne Baker and husband Lance.

Son John A. Dull of Sitka.

Daughter Janet K. Light and husband Mike of Anchorage, and sons Ian Pilcher (and his son Anthony) and James Pilcher; and daughters Heather Pilcher and Charlie Surita and her husband Steven (and their children Reagan Reed and Aimree Reed.

Daughter Sandra S. Holder of Sitka, her fiance Dennis Smith, and sons Gavin Holder and Teagan Holder, and daughters Savanna Holder and Quinlyn Holder.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made through Margaret Dull, 3208 Halibut Point Road No. 11, Sitka, AK 99835.





Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 6-2-20)

By Sentinel Staff

The state Department of Health and Social Services has posted the following update on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alaska as of 10:20 a.m. Tuesday.

New cases as of Monday: 20

Total statewide – 487

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 47, and the cumulative number of deaths is 10.

To visit the Alaska DHSS Corona Response dashboard website click here.



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